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Silverchair are one of Australia’s most successful rock bands. The group has had more top twenty hits during the last decade than any other local artist and they have sold over six million albums worldwide.
In 1994, at the age of only 15, Silverchair got their big break when the band won a national competition called "Pick Me" with the demo of their song, "Tomorrow," playing that year at Big Day Out as the prize of their win.
Silverchair's earlier material could be described as "post-grunge" and the influence of contemporaries such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam was obvious. Members of the band insist they have been inspired by bands such as Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. From their third album (Neon Ballroom) onward, the band have experimented with more complex song structures, pop influences, and the usage of orchestral backing on many songs, most notably on their fourth album Diorama with composer Van Dyke Parks contributing to three of the tracks. This evolution is highlighted by their performance in their only live album "Live At Faraway Stables" where the band plays two sets - the first comprising newer material where they are backed by two keyboardists to simulate complex elaborate orchestral arrangements, and the second containing their rawer rock material.
2007 saw the release of the band's latest album Young Modern, featuring the lead single Straight Lines; the song reached number one on the ARIA singles charts. The album was supported by a full tour of North America (their first since 1999), and an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand with fellow Aussie rockers Powderfinger, entitled "Across the Great Divide."
To quote Daniel Johns, "I've been thinking a lot since we finished [Young Modern] about where this fits into the other stuff we've done. The way I see it, the first album was naivety, the second one was anger, the third one was depression and the last one was escapism. Young Modern is all about acceptance."
* Daniel Johns (vocals, guitar)
* Chris Joannou (bass)
* Ben Gillies (drums)
* Tomorrow (EP) (1994)
* Frogstomp (1995)
* Freak Show (1997)
* Neon Ballroom (1999)
* The Best Of - Volume One (2000)
* Diorama (2002)
* Rarities 1994-1999 (2002)
* Live From Faraway Stables (2CD & DVD) (2003)
* Young Modern (2007)
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